The course is a 50 mile out and back from the town of Concrete Washington to Sherman Peak. Competitors will cover 41 miles of gravel Forest Service roads, 5.5 miles of snow trail and 3.5 miles of glacier travel. The high point of the course is Sherman Peak at 10,160ft with an overall elevation gain of roughly the same. All glacier travel will require participants to wear a harness along with other mandatory gear and use an ascending device to ascend and descend fixed ropes flanking the entirety of the Squak glacier. The rate of travel on the ropes section will be determined by the final asceder choice. This is an extreme mountain event, weather, elevation and exhaustion add to it’s difficulty. High winds, freezing temperatures, snow, rain, lightning and avalanches can occur at anytime.